Doctoral Degrees


General Information

The Doctoral Degree Regulations (Promotionsordnung) describe in detail the requirements and the application procedure to study for a doctorate at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH).

The TUHH awards the following doctoral degrees:


Dr. rer. pol.

Dr. rer. nat.

Section 3 of the Doctoral Degree Regulations lists the special academic requirements for completing a doctoral degree.

You must first find a supervisor to supervise your dissertation. Then contact the person of your choice directly. A listing of the deaneries can be found here.

The next step is to send the application for admission to the doctoral program to the doctoral committee of the TUHH (the form can be found on the "applications and instructions" page).

After the presentation in the office of the Dean of Studies you submit the dissertation along with the Application to Inaugurate Doctoral Degree Proceedings (the form can be found on the "applications and instructions" page).

An overview of all instructions, applications and cover sheets, the affidavit, the model resumé for your dissertation and other documents can be found under the menu item "applications and instructions".

For information about the application procedure for admission to study for a doctorate see Section 4 of the Doctoral Degree Regulations and the Application Procedure to Inaugurate Doctoral Degree Proceedings in Section 5 of the Doctoral Degree Regulations.

The doctoral committee has passed a resolution on the recognition of digital documents in the doctoral process. In the resolution you will find a list of documents that can be submitted digitally to the office of the doctoral committee and will be sent digitally by the doctoral committee.  (Download resolution PromA digital documents)

The Technical University of Hamburg has adopted an agreement for the supervision of doctoral students of the TUHH in February 2022. The supervision agreement can be found here: Supervision Agreement


Office of the doctoral committee

Contact person:

Friederike Freund - Responsible for doctoral procedures last name A-K ( Availability from Tuesday to Thursday )

Britta Thies - Responsible for doctoral procedures last name L-Z ( Availability from Monday to Wednesday )

Contact details via the menu item Contact:


You will need an appointment during our office hours for submission of papers, dissertation, consultation, etc.
We offer personal office hours on Wednesdays from 09:30am to 12pm. 
For this you need a binding appointment! Please register via the appointment tool


The final submission date for the next meetings of the Doctoral Degree Committee:

Wednesday December 6, 2023 12.00 Uhr

Wednesday January 24, 2024 12.00 Uhr 


Procedure for Prospective Doctoral Degree Students with a Foreign Degree

Prior to admission to study for a doctorate, the foreign degree must first be deemed equivalent to a German university degree.

Please contact the Office of the Doctoral Degree Committee, bringing with you your application documents and copies of your master’s and bachelor’s degree certificates in the original language along with any other appropriate certificates.

Enrollment to study for a doctorate

It is possible to obtain a certificate of enrollment, if admission to the doctoral program has been granted, from the doctoral committee via the office. If needed, please write an email to promo(at)tuhh(dot)de.

In the interim prior to admission you may enroll to study for the purpose of academic further education. This enrollment category is limited to two semesters. For both categories there is an upper income limit based on the fellowship allowance of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for doctoral fellowships. Please contact study(at)tuhh(dot)de in this matter.


Click here for the TUHH’s Habilitation Regulations